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review 2020-05-16 14:15
One Summer in Paris
One Summer in Paris - Sarah Morgan

by Sarah Morgan

 

I don't read many Romance books but I did enjoy this one. I'm always drawn to stories set in Paris.

 

The chapters alternate between the pov of two protagonists: Grace, a mature woman whose daughter is about to travel in Europe before going off to college and Audrey, a girl the same age as Grace's Daughter. Grace likes her life planned and ordered. She thinks she has the ideal life, until it all comes crashing down. Audrey has spent her life looking after her alcoholic mother and is used to complete chaos, but looks to Paris as her escape.

 

The two meet in Paris and with a few hitches, become unlikely friends. Each have their own problems, but they support each other and find they have complementary talents.

 

So first the negative: Many plot points were easily predictable or really stretched belief. Near the end the moralising got rather thick and I didn't like the turn things took for Grace. My decisions would have been different.

 

However, as a complete fantasy romance story, it was entertaining. I did care what happened to both women and wanted them to find happiness in their own ways. The characters were well done, even if the plot hit me over the head with both moralising and obvious clues of what was to come.

 

On the bottom line, it was a fun story if you don't mind a little insta-love and unlikely human behaviour in favour of a light fantasy romance.

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text 2020-01-02 21:30
Top 10 Reads of 2019
Terror on the Tundra - J. Esker Miller
Force of Chaos: The Coming of Age of the Antichrist - Lin Senchaid
Yellow Crocus - Laila Ibrahim
Little Darlings - Melanie Golding
Remember the Future (The Chronicles of the Harekaiian #9) - Shanna Lauffey
One Summer in Paris - Sarah Morgan
The Binding - Bridget Collins
To Kill the President: The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year - Sam Bourne
Empire of Sand - Tasha Suri

Have to manually add this one because despite having a book page, the search won't find it on title, author, or even ASIN. It's on my shelf!

http://booklikes.com/a-halloween-tale-austin-crawley/book,14010250

 

Anyway, since I've seen several people post their top 10 reads of the year, I thought I would add mine. I've left out anthologies and non-fiction because I think they need to be separate categories, so just novels and novellas for this post.

 

So there we are, Fantasy, Horror, Time Travel, a little Historical Fiction and some Adventure. These are the 4.5-5 star books mostly.

 

I've discovered a few new authors, been disappointed by one I usually like, and am chewing my knuckles waiting for the final book in th time travel series that's really had me on the edge of my seat in the last episode.

 

Not a bad year. This year I'm going to try to resist Netgalley temptation and read a lot of the books I already have. We'll see if that holds up.

 

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text 2019-04-01 14:59
March 2019 wrap-up
The Kingdom of Copper - Suman Chakraborty
A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab
Any Witch Way You Can (Wicked Witches of the Midwest #1) - Amanda M. Lee
One Summer in Paris - Sarah Morgan
The Unicorn Anthology - Henrnandez,Coville Bruce,Sara A. Mueller,A.C. Wise,Marina Fitch,Peter S. Beagle,Dave Smeds,David Levine,Carrie Vaughn,Karen Joy Fowler,Garth Nix,Patricia A. McKillip
Nation of the Beasts - Mariana Pavlova

So, 6 books finished in March. I'm surprised it was that many! 3 were Netgalley, I think. I don't remember if I got One Summer in Paris there too which would make it 4. Any Witch Way You Can was fished out of my freebies to fulfill criteria for a Snakes and Ladders square.

 

The first two books were continuing series, something I'm getting less and less enamored of over time. So many just don't hold up!

 

Probably the one I enjoyed most of this bunch was One Summer in Paris. Nation of the Beasts was very interesting and has stayed with me far beyond the review. It did challenge me in places though.

 

So now I've got several Netgalley books either in progress or not started yet. I've made some progress with samples, but have a long backlog to catch up. What I really want this month is at least one really good book that I could easily give 5 stars. I need to stop requesting too many books at Netgalley!

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review 2019-03-10 10:29
One Summer in Paris
One Summer in Paris - Sarah Morgan

by Sarah Morgan

 

I don't read many Romance books but I did enjoy this one. I'm always drawn to stories set in Paris.

 

The chapters alternate between the pov of two protagonists: Grace, a mature woman whose daughter is about to travel in Europe before going off to college and Audrey, a girl the same age as Grace's Daughter. Grace likes her life planned and ordered. She thinks she has the ideal life, until it all comes crashing down. Audrey has spent her life looking after her alcoholic mother and is used to complete chaos, but looks to Paris as her escape.

 

The two meet in Paris and with a few hitches, become unlikely friends. Each have their own problems, but they support each other and find they have complementary talents.

 

So first the negative: Many plot points were easily predictable or really stretched belief. Near the end the moralising got rather thick and I didn't like the turn things took for Grace. My decisions would have been different.

 

However, as a complete fantasy romance story, it was entertaining. I did care what happened to both women and wanted them to find happiness in their own ways. The characters were well done, even if the plot hit me over the head with both moralising and obvious clues of what was to come.

 

On the bottom line, it was a fun story if you don't mind a little insta-love and unlikely human behaviour in favour of a light fantasy romance.

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text 2019-03-04 14:37
Snakes and Ladders roll 2
One Summer in Paris - Sarah Morgan

That's right, I'm only on my second roll!

 

But it was a good one.

 

 

This puts me on:

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

 

Easy peasy. As it happens, one of my current reads starts in USA and takes us to France, neither of which is my country. It also puts me at the foot of a ladder! So, I get to find something with an Autumn theme on the cover for my next S & L read. Nothing in my Netgalley books to fit, so I'll have to check on my Kindle.

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